How to Start the Ice Block Production Business in Nigeria

An ice block simply means frozen water (the freezing of water to a temperature usually below 0° C ), so the business of selling ice block to people who pay you money in return is called ice block business. This business if done properly could generate for you a lot of money because there is a lot of demand for ice block every day. An ice block business in Nigeria involves the production of ice block and selling it to various vendors for their everyday use. People often overlook this business not knowing it is a gold mine that can generate a lot of income for whoever is into the business, most especially those that do it on a large scale. Now that we know what an Ice Block Production business is let’s talk about how to start an ice block business.

Major requirement

Water

This is the first and the most important material that is needed for ice block production. You need a very clean water that is well treated…….you don’t want water that will contaminate people’s food or drinks as this ice block will be used to cool mostly edible stuffs and comes in contact with them. If you don’t have a good source of water you can buy from companies that sell water but it is preferable if you have a borehole or a very good well. The highest form of hygiene should be carried out please.

Ice Block Making Machine

Ice block machine is what is used to produce ice block, they are very easy to use just like the regular freezers but in an advanced way and with more capacity too.

There are containers that are rectangular in shape where water is poured to make the ice and the ice takes form of the container when it’s ready.

These ice block machines are locally and foreign made, depending on your budget you can get either of them. The price range differs based on the number of ice that can be made at once by the ice block machine. We have those that can make 100, 80, 60,50,40 etc. ice block at once. There are things to be considered when buying your ice block machine such as the:

  • Capacity
  • Compressor: the cooling system that makes the ice block hard and;
  • Freezing time: how much time it takes to produce a batch of ice block.

These factors cannot be overemphasized when choosing a brand to buy.

Packaging

Ice block are put inside a white transparent polythene bag for easy movement because ice block can be very slippery and without the bags it will be very hard to move them. These bags also help to hold the ice blocks in their frozen and defrosted state. It also makes it possible for you to brand your ice block to differentiate from other plain ice blocks. Packaging is also an important Factor when it comes to your ice block business. to reduce expenses, you can learn how to produce nylon at once and maximize profit

Generator Set/Solar Power

There is no ice block business in Nigeria without a generator, the supply of electricity in Nigeria is not so reliable, hence the need for a generator. When there is electricity supply, the voltage might not be good enough for your ice block machine, so it is preferably a generator is used to avoid getting your machine spoilt. Some people have chosen to use deep freezer for their ice block business and they’re making cool cash, every day. These are the most important things you need before starting your ice block business in Nigeria.

note that these equipment can be gotten online from Jumia in Nigeria

Always remember these.

Customer Base

For your ice block business to be successful you need to target some customers to build up your customer base. Such customers are those that will always have need for your product either for business or for house use. Examples of such customers are vendors that sell in the market and bus stops, Event planners, hotel operators, restaurant operators, petty traders, residents with no or low electricity supply etc. This helps you to make sales always because these people would need ice block for their daily activities.

Ice Block Business Is Seasonal

Ice block business is a seasonal business in the sense that during dry season there is high demand for ice block. During this period price increases so there is a certainty that more sales and profit will be made. Meanwhile, during raining season it’s not hot and people wouldn’t want to drink cold water or cold drinks during this period and there is also fall in price. So, you know that you reduce production during rainy seasons and increase production during the dry season.

Maintenance of Your Machine

Make sure you take care of your machines and I am talking about the ice block machine/freezer and your generator. Service them on time and handle them with care, adhere strictly to the rules of the producer. You don’t want any of them breaking down and leading to inability to produce ice block thereby disappointing your customers. Once this happens your customers goes to get it somewhere else which is very bad for business. So make sure your machines are at their best all the time.

Target Highly Populated Areas

Traffic attractors such as markets, streets, bus stops, school areas etc. should be places you target to sell your ice block. The more ice block sold is the more money you make. So watch out for such places to sell your product.

Very Competitive Business

Ice block business is a very competitive one so you have to be smarter than your competition as anyone can venture into it since there is no training needed before starting it.

Ice Block Production Process

Here, I will be giving you a step by step guide to follow in the production of ice block.

  • line the ice block maker containers with polythene bags.
  • fill the containers with fresh and clean water.
  • put the ice block making machine on and let it do its magic.
  • Ice block is ready in the next 7 to 8 hours
  • Remove them from the machine and repeat the process for    another batch depending on how many you want to produce in a day.

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Business Objectives

Without specific objectives, a business is doomed for failure sooner or later. This is why we have come up with this list of objectives to set us ahead in this business.

  1. Ensure a constant increase in production that will ensure an increase in sales.
  2. Build a wider network that will reach customers beyond our locality.
  3. Constant availability of our product.

Keys To Success

Based on our vision and mission as well as objectives, we have carried out a lot of research. From our research, we deduce that we will need the following keys if we are to succeed.

  1. A team of committed and highly motivated staff.
  2. Top-quality machines to ensure that our products are the best in the State.
  3. Uninterrupted power supply.
  4. Cheaper production costs that will ensure that we sell more affordable products.
  5. An efficient distribution team made up of motivated professionals.

Competition Analysis

Quite a number of companies are already producing ice block in Nigeria. This means that the competition is quite stiff. However, after much research, we have come up with a line of action that will ensure we have better patronage.

These include:

  1. Home delivery services.
  2. Excellent customer care.
  3. Unique and quality packaging.
  4. Engaging distributors.
  5. Prompt delivery of orders.

With these, we will be able to attain a favorable competitive advantage. This will set up apart from the other companies in this location, helping us to grow our client base exponentially.

  1. Constant supply of ice block to meet up with the consistent demand of the product. This will come from the fact that we will invest in uninterrupted power and quality machines.
  2. Prompt delivery of products based on customer orders.

If you will like to have the remaining part of this business plan, kindly reach out to us. You can get it at a subsidized fee. It is also possible to get a customized business plan for any of your businesses from us.

Business Objectives

Without specific objectives, a business is doomed for failure sooner or later. This is why we have come up with this list of objectives to set us ahead in this business.

  1. Ensure a constant increase in production that will ensure an increase in sales.
  2. Build a wider network that will reach customers beyond our locality.
  3. Constant availability of our product.

Keys To Success

Based on our vision and mission as well as objectives, we have carried out a lot of research. From our research, we deduce that we will need the following keys if we are to succeed.

  1. A team of committed and highly motivated staff.
  2. Top-quality machines to ensure that our products are the best in the State.
  3. Uninterrupted power supply.
  4. Cheaper production costs that will ensure that we sell more affordable products.
  5. An efficient distribution team made up of motivated professionals.

Competition Analysis

Quite a number of companies are already producing ice block in Nigeria. This means that the competition is quite stiff. However, after much research, we have come up with a line of action that will ensure we have better patronage.

These include:

  1. Home delivery services.
  2. Excellent customer care.
  3. Unique and quality packaging.
  4. Engaging distributors.
  5. Prompt delivery of orders.

With these, we will be able to attain a favorable competitive advantage. This will set up apart from the other companies in this location, helping us to grow our client base exponentially.

  1. Constant supply of ice block to meet up with the consistent demand of the product. This will come from the fact that we will invest in uninterrupted power and quality machines.
  2. Prompt delivery of products based on customer orders.

If you will like to have the remaining part of this business plan, kindly reach out to us. You can get it at a subsidized fee. It is also possible to get a customized business plan for any of your businesses from us.

Business Objectives

Without specific objectives, a business is doomed for failure sooner or later. This is why we have come up with this list of objectives to set us ahead in this business.

  1. Ensure a constant increase in production that will ensure an increase in sales.
  2. Build a wider network that will reach customers beyond our locality.
  3. Constant availability of our product.

Keys To Success

Based on our vision and mission as well as objectives, we have carried out a lot of research. From our research, we deduce that we will need the following keys if we are to succeed.

  1. A team of committed and highly motivated staff.
  2. Top-quality machines to ensure that our products are the best in the State.
  3. Uninterrupted power supply.
  4. Cheaper production costs that will ensure that we sell more affordable products.
  5. An efficient distribution team made up of motivated professionals.

Competition Analysis

Quite a number of companies are already producing ice block in Nigeria. This means that the competition is quite stiff. However, after much research, we have come up with a line of action that will ensure we have better patronage.

These include:

  1. Home delivery services.
  2. Excellent customer care.
  3. Unique and quality packaging.
  4. Engaging distributors.
  5. Prompt delivery of orders.

With these, we will be able to attain a favorable competitive advantage. This will set up apart from the other companies in this location, helping us to grow our client base exponentially.

  1. Constant supply of ice block to meet up with the consistent demand of the product. This will come from the fact that we will invest in uninterrupted power and quality machines.
  2. Prompt delivery of products based on customer orders.

If you will like to have the remaining part of this business plan, kindly reach out to us. You can get it at a subsidized fee. It is also possible to get a customized business plan for any of your businesses from us.

Why Invest in the Ice Block Production Business in Nigeria?

Many entrepreneurs have this question on their lips because it seems a bit unrealistic to think about the profit in this sector. However, a closer look at this sector shows that there is a huge opportunity for profit. This is because there are several reasons why ice block is in high demand in Nigeria.

Here are a few reasons why ice block production is a worthwhile investment for you.

  1. Weather and geography. Nigeria is right at the heart of the tropical region of the world. This means that we are directly hit by the sun, more than most parts of the world. What does this imply? Daily temperatures are almost always high in every part of the country resulting in dehydration. As people go about their daily businesses, they need cold water and beverages to quench their thirst.
  2. No doubt, most people can afford refrigerators and freezers in their homes. However, you cannot carry this equipment when going for external functions. Examples of such functions are weddings, parties, beach outings, etc. The only convenient way to keep your drinks cold in this situation is by buying ice block. Ice block provides you a more flexible option.
  3. Poor electrical supply. In most parts of the country, the electricity supply is erratic. Some locations have not had electrical supply in months. So how do they cope with the desire for cold items resulting from the prevalent weather condition? Purchasing ice block. Ice block is cheaper than purchasing a generating set for most individuals.
  4. Social events. It is no hidden fact that Nigerians like to party. Weekend after weekend, there is one party or another to attend. What is a party without cold drinks? The point here is that these parties need cold drinks which can only be provided by ice block.

Profitability of the Ice Block Production Business in Nigeria

Is ice block production highly profitable in Nigeria? The answer to this question ten times over is YES. Let’s show you how in this section.

If you have a machine that produces 300 blocks daily, how much will you make?

One block is sold at N200. This means that 300 blocks will yield N60,000.

Assuming you take out the cost of production for that day which N20,000, you should have N40,000 left as profit.

Multiply N40,000 by 30 days in a month, that is N1,200,000. Do you now see how profitable this business is?

How to Start the Ice Block Production Business in Nigeria

By now, you must be aching for information on how to start this business. Since you have a clear understanding of why you need to invest in this business, let’s show you how to. You need five basic things to start.

  1. The key component of ice block is water so you must find a clean source of water. Even though it is very unlikely that the ice block will be consumed directly, they will be used for food and drink preservation. This is why your water must be hygienic enough for human consumption.
  2. Usually, ice block is slippery when handled. This is why it is mostly packaged in nylon bags. These bags can hold the ice block in its solid-state as well as when it melts. You can take advantage of the packaging to publicize your brand which is very uncommon with ice block producers.
  3. Ice block making machines are key to this business. The machines look like freezers only that they have a higher cooling capacity. In some cases, they come with molds into which you pour water. You can purchase locally fabricated or imported machines. Factors to consider when choosing your machines include:
  4. Production capacity. This varies in machines with machines able to produce 20, 50, or 100 blocks at once. As you can guess, the higher the capacity, the costlier the machine.
  5. Freezing time.
  6. Compressor capacity. This ranges from 1.5HP to 3HP. In some cases, the machine may have two lower compressors which add up to higher than a single compressor.
  7. After-sales support.
  8. Like we stated earlier, electricity supply in this part of the world is erratic. This means that you need a constant supply of electricity to run this business. Generators will help you solve this problem. Make sure that the generator you purchase can handle the capacity of the machines you have.